Clay Braided Frida Calavera Skull
This colourful Clay Braided Frida Calavera Skull () made by Saul Montesinos, is from the state of Puebla, Mexico. In this piece, the colourful brush strokes of the skull represent the classic Calavera pattern, seen all throughout Mexico City during Day of the Dead. The top of the skull sprouts branches on which smaller skulls, flowers, monarchs, and tropical birds are positioned.
A Calavera is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to edible or decorative skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar or clay, used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls, the most widely known being the sugar skull.
Saul Montesinos has been creating Day of the Dead artworks from clay in the style of well-known Castillo work for as long as he can remember. He first began his work as a young boy in his father’s workshop, but as his father aged, Saul took over the family business. He has now made a name for himself through his work, which is created in only Izúcar de Matamoros, Mexico.
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